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Why Bamboo Bridge is special ?
Bamboo bridges across the Mekong near Luang Prabang are washed away each year when the river floods. They are rebuilt in within a week when the flood subsides. Traversing the Kham River, on the southern side of the main town of Luang Prabang is this rickety old bamboo bridge - with posts weighed down with baskets of rocks.
There are two bamboo bridge - these are built over the Nam Khan river before it meets the Mekong downstream. Each year, the bamboo bridges get washed away during the floods following the rainy season and then are re-built when the water level drops.
What to explore at Bamboo Bridge?
From Luang Prabang, The bamboo bridge leads to another world. It is a lovely walk, once the weather cools down, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening, this walkway becomes the hangout place for local Lao young adults. There's lots of music playing from their phones, talking and giggling. If you are game, you can ride your motorbike across the bamboo bridge to the other side of Luang Prabang. Or you could just walk the bridge if you are not a dare devil. The bamboo bridge is the most atmospheric way to cross the Nam Khan River to many open-air restaurant, where you’ll sit on floor cushions at terraces overlooking the water, but the crossing is open during the dry season only.
How to get to Bamboo Bridge?
The bamboo bridge is located over Nam Khan River, off Kingkitsarath Rd in Luang Prabang. You can walk to the Bamboo bridge if you're in the old quarter, or you can take a tuktuk to reach the place.
- A Bridge that gets re-built every year
- Great pictures and an interesting walk
- A great way to see other parts of Luang Prabang
- A great photo opportunity
- Great fun to cross and photograph
Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Tips for you
This narrow bamboo bridge is within sight of the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and can be used during the dry season to cross the Nam Khan. The bridge is washed away every year during the rainy season when the river is high. I spent some time in a small park above the bridge photographing and managed to catch a group of monks as they crossed to their Vat on the other side. The scenery here is among the most beautiful in Laos. Simply stunning